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Help Us To Restore & Renovate our Community Kitchen & Dining Room

Please give to rebuild and renovate our Community Kitchen

$323,237 raised

$850,000 goal

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We are fundraising to rebuild our Community Kitchen!

The Helping Hand Rescue Mission has always felt greatly supported by our community, town and local officials. Since our devastating kitchen building flood on January 17, 2022, there has been a lot of pre-work and planning happening behind the scenes. It's been a time of learning to be patient in the process.

We would like to thank all involved but specifically, The Huntington Town Board, Neal Hoffman (Hoffman-Grayson, LLP), the Town Of Huntington Planning Board and staff and Legislator Stephanie Bontempi and staff for their hard work and strong support of this project.

We are so pleased that with this tremendous support, on May 19, 2022, we received approval from the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals to proceed to seek a building permit for our plans to rebuild and renovate our Community Kitchen & Dining Room Building.

We need to be able to cook onsite in our own commercial kitchen and have our community families in need and individuals; homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the destitute, lonely and broken in for hot, nutritious, delicious meals!

Since 1986 thousands of hot, freshly cooked nutritious meals have been served to families and individuals in our community from our own mission kitchen. The kitchen was open for service each week and it was an awesome place for people in need to come and eat.

Our pantry is currently serving over 200 families each week plus helping other organizations with food when we have more of something than needed.

We are currently unable to cook and provide hot meals to those who don't come to our food pantry, those who have no place and few resources to draw from. Food need on Long Island is real.

LAST YEAR

Lowe's Home Improvement of Hicksville and Farmingdale did a full cosmetic renovation of our COMMUNITY KITCHEN & DINING ROOM in the Fall of 2021. We were ready to begin serving on January 25th. It was looking great and we were happy to begin again.

JANUARY 17, 2022

January 17, 2022 on a frigid morning, a sprinkler pipe broke upstairs in the dining room building and the gushing water (80psi from the sprinkler pipe) destroyed almost the entire inside of the building. It had to be demolished and dried out by a restoration company.

The structure is simply not safe the way it is and most of the existing 1930's structure cannot support the new construction renovation. Hoffman-Grayson and 2 contractors said that it will likely cost about $850,000 to do the complete commercial renovation, bring the building up to code and make it suitable for service, properly appointed with commercial equipment, tables, chairs and furnishings to provide an excellent place of service to our community with a complete commercial kitchen and two dining areas.

A new survey of the property is currently being completed. When that is complete, the plans will be completed and we will apply for our Building Permit. We are contracted with Neal Hoffman and the team from Hoffman-Grayson Architects LLP. He has given us the best and most beautiful plan to create a home-like serving efficient space with a code compliant, full commercial kitchen, utilizing our space and resources well.

WE NEED TO GET BACK TO COOKING AND SERVING

Coming together for meal time is one of the most important times that we can have together as families and as a community. There is fellowship and friendship built around the breaking of bread at a table.

We will share new information as soon as we have it and we will keep you updated every step of the way.

We are believing and praying that this will come together quickly so that we can get back to doing one of the most important things that HHRM does, cooking for and feeding the hungry. The first thing is to know that we will have the needed funds to start and complete this project.

Will you give today to help us get back to cooking? We can't wait until we are! To date we have raised $84.990.84 towards this project. Special thanks to SMACNA LI (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors) for their recent donation of $20,000 and an anonymous donor who also gave $20,000.00. We will be updating on our progress weekly.

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS PROJECT

Here are some different ways that it can happen.

85 donors giving $10,000.00

or 850 donors giving $1000.00

or 1700 donors giving $500.00

Or giving whatever you can...$200...$100...$50...

Every donation will COUNT towards this goal!

Will you please help us to accomplish this so that we can continue our service in this most special way?

Feeding people is our heart.

Donations can be made online, mailed to:

Helping Hand Rescue Mission, PO Box 325, Huntington Station, NY 11746 or brought in person to (avoid the online fees)

Helping Hand Rescue Mission 225 Broadway, Huntington Station, NY 11746.

during our business hours Monday 10-2pm, Tuesday-Friday 10-4 or Saturday 10-1pm (We will be closed Memorial Weekend)

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE 501(c)3 and will be acknowledged with a receipt.

Matthew 25 "For when you saw me hungry, you fed me. When you found me thirsty, you gave me drink. When I had no place to stay, you invited me in, and when I was poorly clothed, you covered me."